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SK2111 Perspectives on Politics, 15hec

Contemporary empirical political science is dominated by three analytical perspectives: rational choice theory, institutional theory, and constructivism. These three perspectives are ubiquitous in basically all sub disciplines of the field (e.g., comparative politics, public administration, political behavior, and international relations). The course gives the student a deep understanding of these perspectives in terms of their epistemological and ontological foundations and how they shape analysis and explanation within political science. In addition, the course teaches normative analysis, with a special focus on the most influential justificatory strategies in modern political theory, such as consequentialism and contractualism.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus SK2111 Perspectives on Politics

SK2121 Political Science Analysis, 15hec

Political science has developed into a mature academic subject with specialization into many different sub disciplines. Contemporary political science is also characterized with increased theoretical and methodological integration between research areas. Through this course the student will be familiarized to research within comparative politics, public administration, political behavior, political theory and international relations, and become aware of the complexity of the discipline. The course guides to research classics as well as to current research, and it is built around five problem-based research overview assignments. Besides the broader overview and focused studies of current research, it enables improved skills in critically reflected oral and written academic presentations.

This course is a compulsory core course.

Syllabus SK2121 Political Science Analysis

SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective, 15hec

Corruption and its related problems have devastating effects on the overall social fabric of society. It affects economic growth, the viability of democratic processes, the legitimacy of public policies in areas such as social insurance, employment and education. Through this course the student will learn about the importance of the quality of government (QoG) institutions for economic and democratic development as well as social and environmental sustainability. The course critically evaluates questions such as how QoG might be defined; the importance of QoG for democracy, economic growth, the rule of law, social capital, inequality, social policies and citizens individual well-being; and, whether the concept of QoG is universally applicable or limited to the Western liberal democracies. For those who aspire to win the Nobel Prize, answer this: what does it take for countries to change from low to high quality political institutions?

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2212 The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective

SF2221 Global Security and Democracy, 15hec

Pressing problems facing today’s global politics makes it imperative to rethink the notions of security and democracy and the interrelationship between them. How do we provide security while preserving the basic principles of a democratic society? How do we democratize global politics without lowering the level of security we feel is necessary? Through this course the student will learn to discuss and analyze the meaning of the concepts and practices of security and democracy. Who is the subject of security? What are threats to security? How does one organize a secure political life? The course has theoretical and thematic attention to these issues to make students familiar with the relevant research and acquire tools with which to critically discuss and assess different responses and policy proposals.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SF2221 Global Security and Democracy

SF2222 Citizens, Politicians, and the Media: Evaluating Democratic Processes, 15hec

A major goal of democracy is to realize “the will of the people”. But how should this be achieved and how is it achieved in reality? This course zooms in on three groups of actors in modern mass democracies: citizens, politicians, and the mass media. This course considers empirical research from political science as well as from the field of journalism, media and communication, including voting behavior, political psychology, political participation, political representation, mass media effects on citizens, political journalism, and news management. What does this research tell us about how citizens, politicians, and the mass media interact with each other under different circumstances? How do these actors, and the relations between them, live up to the requirements of different models of democracy? What does research result from different fields reveal about how democracy could be improved? Through the course the student will gain advanced knowledge on the roles of citizens, politicians and the media in democratic societies.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SF2222 Citizens, Politicians, and the Media: Evaluating Democratic Processes

SK2221 Environmental Politics and Institutions, 15hec

What characterizes the political attempts to cope with several environmental problems, such as those found in the marine environment, water, land-use and biodiversity and various airborne environmental problems, including climate change? Theoretically, this course is founded in social dilemma theory, institutional theory, and theories about public opinion and behavior. Also political theory (principally distributional theory) and game theory have central roles throughout the course. Through this course the student will gain advanced knowledge about different conceptualizations of environmental problems, the relationship between environmental and economic development, and the foundations for environmental security.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2221 Environmental Politics and Institutions

SK2222 Varieties of Democracy and Democratization, 15hec

This course confronts theories of what democracy is and ought to be with different approaches to measuring varieties of democracy across time and space. It addresses the interlinked topics of conceptualizing and measuring of democracy and the explaining of democratization. Through this course the student will gain advanced knowledge on theories of democratization and the failure of democracy, and trained in how to systematically analyze and evaluate these theories.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2222 Varieties of Democracy and Democratization

SK2211 The Performance of Democracies, 15hec

While democracy as an overall model for how societies should be governed must be regarded as a remarkable success - more people on the globe than ever live under democratic rule – it is less clear what difference democracy makes for the everyday lives of the general population. Empirical research shows that there is great variation in the extent to which democracies manage to increase human well-being, or other normatively valued outcomes. Through this course the student will gain advanced knowledge on how institutional variation among democratic regimes is related to outcomes in general dimensions of performance, such as human well-being, corruption and sound management of public finances, as well as knowledge on the implications of democracies’ performance for individual-level attitudes and regime support.

This course is an elective in-depth course.

Syllabus SK2211 The Performance of Democracies

SK2412 Internship for the Master's Programme in Political Science, 15hec

This course consists of a guided internship in an organization in Sweden or abroad, including the production of at least one text of substantive relevance to the organization hosting the internship, as well as in writing an internship report. The assignments during the internship should be advanced in character and of relevance to education and career plans. Students are responsible for identifying, contacting and making arrangements with the organization.

The course is an elective course.

Syllabus SK2412 Internship for the Master's Programme in Political Science

SF2321 Applied Statistical Analysis, 15hec

This course teaches theory-based empirical analysis through statistical methods through the use of statistical data programs (for example SPSS). Through the course the student will reach a comprehensive understanding of the application of statistical methods both within the social sciences and for public and commercial analyses and reports. Students will be able to apply explanatory social science models, principles of statistical inference and a number of statistical methods for example factor analysis and different forms of regression. The course consists of two major parts. In the first part, the teaching is arranged in workshops. Each workshop is usually concentrated around one statistical technique and one hand-in assignment and consists of lectures, teacher led computer labs sessions and tutorials. The second part of the course is focused on an independent report in which skills are put into practices and the principles of theory-based empirical analysis are applied through statistical methods on a self-chosen subject and data material. The course is preparatory for the master thesis work.

This course is an elective research methods course.

Syllabus SF2321 Applied Statistical Analysis

SF2322 Applied Qualitative Research Methods, 15hec

The aim of this course is to give you a comprehensive understanding of the application of different qualitative methods. The course is divided into four modules: basics of qualitative research, design and data collection, processing and analysis and validation and evaluation.Theoretical starting points, ethical issues, and the applicability of qualitative methods are presented and discussed. Issues of problem formulation and research design are presented and discussed in general terms as well as with reference to the course specializations of discourse analysis, ideas and argument analysis, ethnographic methods, and case study analysis. The second module deals with various empirical materials and problems of sampling, with particular emphasis on methods for collecting and processing data as text, interviews and observations. The third part focuses on processing and analysis. The final module deals with problems related to validation and evaluation of research processes and research conclusions. In the final course paper, you are writing a methods section equivalent to that used in a finished master thesis.

This course is an elective research methods course.

Syllabus SF2322 Applied Qualitative Research Methods

SK2532 Master's Thesis, 30hec

This course is dedicated to the completion of a master thesis’ research-project, which enables application and further development of the theoretical and methodological skills gained throughout the education. Professors with an international reputation in their field or expertise and with solid experience of guiding research-projects are available as advisors. The student will learn how to plan, carry out and present research which incorporates all stages of the scientific process: from problem formulation to theory, scientific questions of relevance, method, presentation and conclusions. Defense of the conducted work through scientific arguments, as well the critical and constructive examination of others’ research, take place at a final set of seminars.

This course is a compulsory thesis course.

Syllabus SK2532 Master Thesis

 

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